In 2019 we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our National Youth Orchestra.
Over this time it has proved itself pivotal in shaping New Zealand’s musical future through bringing together many of New Zealand’s most gifted young orchestral players. The high percentage of players in the NZSO – around 50% – who at one stage or another were members of the NYO, demonstrates the lasting effect this establishment leaves on our young generations.
Of the thousands of former NYO members, many can be found in New Zealand and all over the world with successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians, music teachers and just about every other career you can think of.
The dramatic events and passionate performances of the 2018 National Youth Orchestra confirmed yet again that the NYO is an experience not to be missed.
In 2019, the NYO will work with another performance partner celebrating a significant anniversary – New Zealand Youth Choir celebrates 40 years of energetic music making.
See these two take to the stage to premiere a work by the 2019 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, as well as present Elgar’s The Music Makers.
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams…
James Judd Conductor
New Zealand Youth Choir – David Squire Music Director
Glen Downie 2019 NYO Composer-in-Residence Work (World premiere)
Tuirina Wehi arr. Robert Wiremu Waerenga-a-Hika
Sibelius The Oceanides, Op. 73
Elgar The Music Makers, Op. 69